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Y. RESERVES FIND PLAYING TIME, PLAY TIMELY ROLE

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People talk about teams like Nebraska coming at the opposition in waves, with reserves stepping in and still getting the job done. That's what Brigham Young University did to Utah State Saturday at Romney Stadium in romping to a 37-10 victory.

Running backs Stacey Corley and Peter Tuipulotu spelled starters Matt Bellini and Fred Whittingham admirably, rushing for 91 yards on just 12 carries between them, with Corley scoring two touchdowns. Tuipulotu scored on a seven-yard pass from Ty Detmer. He caught two other passes, including a swing pass he turned into a 21-yard gain by breaking three tackles.Two freshman receivers, Nati Valdez from Mission, Texas, and Micah Matzusaki from Honolulu, made some nice plays while rotating in throughout the game. Each caught two passes, and Valdez added 31 yards rushing on two reverses.

BYU Coach LaVell Edwards said it was part of the game plan to use reserves a lot, with this being a nonconference game. "We felt like we wanted to give them some playing time because some time down the road we'll probably need them."

That was fine with the reserves.

"It was a lot of fun coming in as a freshman . . . It takes awhile to learn the system . . . Ty's so good, all you have to do is catch it," said Valdez, who kept the drive alive to start the second half with a 22-yard reception over the middle. Detmer later hit Matt Odle with a 6-yard scoring pass.

Tuipulotu, a redshirt sophomore, played as a halfback two years ago but was switched to fullback this year to give the Cougars a solid backup behind Whittingham. At 5-foot-11 inches, 205 pounds, he says he's comfortable playing both. "I really like it," he said of his switch to fullback. In the BYU system, he added, the fullback does a lot of things like the halfback, including catching passes. Describing his touchdown catch, he said, "It was a delay. I block first." He did, and when he swung out of the backfield to take Detmer's pass over the middle, the only thing between Tuipulotu and the goal line was grass.

Tuipulotu was particularly needed Saturday as Whittingham was ill with a temperature of 104 degrees Friday night. Whittingham played and was impressive, with 55 yards on just seven carries, but he sat out most of the second half.

Receivers coach Norm Chow was pleased that Valdez and Matzusaki were able to get a lot of playing time. "We thought it was time to get them in a game . . . You never know about injuries (to the other receivers)," he said.

Edwards added that in addition to Valdez and Matzusaki, the Cougars have some other outstanding young receivers - like freshman Jason Cooper out of Bonneville and freshman Eric Drage of Tucson, Ariz., who is redshirting.

"This is one of the better (receivers) groups we've had," he said.